Monthly Archives: November 2018

Nostalgia And Utopia

I’m sitting here sipping my coffee on a rainy morning, looking at our fantastic Christmas tree, and listening to Bing Crosby sing “White Christmas.” As I listen to Bing croon it’s funny how much my mind gets all nostalgic and … Continue reading

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Rain And Pain

Last Friday my family entered into our long-standing tradition of cutting down our Christmas tree at the summit in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Our tradition is that we go to Albright’s donuts in Santa Cruz, we pick up a dozen … Continue reading

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So Thankful

I saw it out of the corner of my eye. It was something that most people would see and think, “Yeah that’s what’s supposed to happen” but the fact is it was a miracle. Our church body was participating in … Continue reading

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What Kind Of Church Are We?

Just today I read an article in a leadership journal from a Pastor of a thriving “normal sized” church – the kind of church that’s been called “small.” In the article Karl Vaters correctly observes: “Different churches contribute to the growth … Continue reading

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Thanks For Your Service

Yesterday was the official celebration of Veteran’s Day, and today is the national holiday. War is indeed a brutal thing I’ve heard described to me in vivid detail by Veterans. The violence that war enacts not only ends far too … Continue reading

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Election Aftermath

I’m not here to cheer or cry the morning after the elections. I’m here to look back upon old, and yet fresh, wisdom. May the closing words of Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address inform all of our hearts in the … Continue reading

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You Gotta Vote

It’s time to stop spewing our opinions in our favorite social media locations, opinions that probably don’t accomplish much more than calcify our categories. It’s time for all Americans to do something that actually leads our nation forward as we … Continue reading

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